Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties

Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals And Specialties

The Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties: The Canadian Drug Reference for Health Professionals, more commonly known by its abbreviation CPS, is a reference book that contains drug monographs and numerous features which help healthcare professionals prescribe and use drugs safely and appropriately. A print version of CPS is released annually by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA). The CPhA is a nonprofit organization that advocates for pharmacists in Canada. An external Editorial Advisory Committee of Canadian physicians and pharmacists advises CPhA about the strategic direction of their publications including CPS. CPS is also available online to subscribers at Most of the drug monographs in CPS are provided by manufacturers, though numerous monographs—usually for drugs which are available as generic brands— are written by CPhA editorial staff. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the first edition of CPS.

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... In the past, the CPS has been criticized for being heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and for lacking important information, such as efficacy and price ... Pharmaceuticals in the CPS are listed by their brand name, as opposed to by the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) or United States Adopted Name (USAN) ...